Cultural anthropology (2019/2020)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Leonardo Piasere
Leonardo Piasere
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
Sem. 1A dal Sep 23, 2019 al Oct 31, 2019.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Knowledge and capacity to understand:
- knowledge of the problems linked to cultural diversity;
- basic knowledge of the main stages of socio-cultural anthropological thought ;
Knowledge and capacity to apply understanding:
Ability to identify and analyse cultural diversity
Independent assessment:
- Ability to independently assess the origin, nature and sense of the topics dealt with during the courses;
- Independent assessment of specific socio-cultural topics.
Communication skills
Ability to speak accurately about cultural alterity.
Capacity to learn:
Ability to continue studying at a Master degree level 2


History of contemporary anthropology:
- The history of contemporary anthropology as a moment in the history of alterity;
- Progress and degeneration in nineteenth-century pre-evolutionary anthropology;
- Evolutionary anthropology;
- Diffusionism;
- French ethno-sociology;
- American cultural anthropology;
- Malinowski and the ethnographic method;
- Structural-functionalism;
- Structuralism;
- Interpretive and dialogical anthropology.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Lewis H. Morgan La Lega degli Ho-de’-no-sau-nee, o Irochesi CISU   9788879751980 Qualsiasi edizione
Ugo Fabietti Storia dell'antropologia Zanichelli 2011 978-88-08-16200-7

Assessment methods and criteria

Learning levels will be assessed by an oral test. Students must be able to demonstrate:
- to have understood the relevant elements on which the main anthropological theories are based;
- to be able to express their own reasoning in a precise manner, identifying and selecting the essential elements;

Attending students: the exam will focus on the notes and on part of the texts shown in the programme, which the teacher will point out during the lessons.
Non-attending students: the exam will focus on the texts shown.